A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Marvel Strike Force is a turn-based strategy/role-playing game available for download on iOS and Android devices. Players recruit and fight with or against the various characters from the Marvel Universe. Battling is central to the game, with cinematic animations showing fights based on characters' abilities and weapons. While violence is pretty much a constant, no blood or gore is shown during fights. You can progress in the game without spending any money, but it's extremely slow unless you're willing to make the occasional purchase. Due to the online nature of the game and its live chat feature, there's a risk of kids being exposed to toxic behavior, despite the game's built-in profanity filter.
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What's it about?
MARVEL STRIKE FORCE brings together the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe as they battle for survival against interdimensional Kree warlord Ultimus. For some time, Ultimus has made his way through the multiverse, conquering countless versions of our planet, enslaving their inhabitants, and building a massive army of super-powered warriors brainwashed into doing his bidding. And now he has his eyes set on our Earth, a dimensional nexus point that will allow him complete domination over the entirety of the multiverse. With a threat this dire looming, Nick Fury puts out the call to all heroes and villains throughout the universe, recruiting them as part of his Strike Force protocol. They'll need to put aside their differences and team up to defeat their alternate-universe doppelgangers, driving Ultimus' forces back and defeating the warlord once and for all.
Is it any good?
As good as comic book characters are alone, there's nothing quite as exciting as when they all come together and duke it out in a massive super-powered crossover melee. Marvel Strike Force captures that feeling as players recruit and choose their favorite characters, mixing and matching powers and abilities to come up with effective combinations. The battles look amazing, too, with sharp details and fluid animations that bring the comic book action to life. Whether it's Captain America throwing his mighty shield or Jessica Jones introducing her knee to some poor thug's groin, each character feels distinct and unique.
You'll unlock lots of different modes as you level up in Marvel Strike Force, many of which come with their own energy resource that you'll use to play. That's good for making sure you've got something to do, even if the gameplay rarely changes. While there might be restrictions or special goals, it always boils down to pitting your five best characters against whatever the game throws at you. One big downside to the game is that if you want to make any real progress, you're either going to have to spend a fair bit of money on special offers or resources, or you're going to have to do a LOT of replaying the same stages over and over. Even when you do spend money, there's still no way to avoid the repetition. It just makes things slightly more streamlined. While that might keep you from getting ahold of some of your favorite characters for a while, it never takes away from the overall excitement of battle. But just like most comic book crossovers, expect to deal with a bit of build up before the truly epic battles begin.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about heroes. What are some of the traits that define "heroes," both in comics and in the real world? What about "villains"? Can even those perceived as "bad guys" wind up doing good deeds?
Talk about microtransactions in apps. How do "free to play" games like Marvel Strike Force encourage players to spend money? What are some ways to budget spending money on in-app purchases?
Discuss the popularity of the Marvel Universe. Do you think that Marvel Strike Force would be as enjoyable if it featured a different franchise, like Star Trek or Star Wars? Is it fun or appealing because of the characters that you play with and against in the app?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: March 28, 2018
- Category: Role-Playing Games
- Topics: Superheroes, Adventures, Misfits and Underdogs, Space and Aliens
- Size: 189.30 MB
- Publisher: FoxNext Games, LLC.
- Version: 1.0.0
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10 or later; Android 4.4 and up
- Last updated: December 4, 2019
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